Water, Water, Water!!!

Karina Estrada

Welcome (:

My survey was on water use. I researched things people who took my survey would probably already know, and some things they had to think really hard on. Water use isn't a very hard term to understand. Most people already know mostly everything there is to know about water use! But if you don't, I provided some more information below. I also provided my survey so you can look it over.


Water :D

3/4's of Earth's surface is covered with water, but 98% is salt water and you can't drink it. Less than 1% of all the water on Earth is freshwater. In the United States, we are lucky to have easy access to some of the safest water on Earth just by turning on the tap (:

We wake up in the morning, take a shower, brush your teeth, grab a cup of coffee and head out for the day. Water is an important part of our daily lives and we use it for a wide variety of purposes, but do we really understand how much we use?

The average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home. Roughly 70% of this use occurs indoors. Nationally, outdoor water use accounts for 30% of household use yet can be much higher in drier parts of the country and in more water-intensive landscapes. For example, the arid West has some of the highest per capita residential water use because of landscape irrigation.

The Importance Of Water (:

Water is important because we use it for almost everything we do! To shower, brush your teeth, wash your hands & even to use a computer! Did you know, without water computers wouldn't function? Well it's true! Water is required to make electricity. Crazy right?! You may not know it, but water's is much needed.

The Water Around Us.

Water also plays a big role in our local communities. There would be no local business or industry without water. Swimming pools, fire fighters, and municipal parks all need lots of water. An array of pipes, canals, and pumping stations managed by our public water systems are needed to bring a reliable supply of water to our taps each day.

Where does all this water come from? It starts out as rain or snow and flows into lakes, streams, and into underground aquifers. You can learn more about water in your state, including how it is being protected and where your local drinking water comes from.

Water there?

Water is everywhere. Believe it or not, water is also in soil. The soil absorbs the water when it rains or snows and the soil becomes moist.


Water is everywhere. Water is underground, in our pipes, in the sky, everywhere!


Frequently Asked Questions.

"What do we use water for?"

We use large amounts of water each day, as water serves many different purposes. We use water to drink, to do the dishes, to take a shower, to flush the toilet, to cook diner and for many other purposes. But water is not only used for domestic purposes, humans also use water in the industries and in agriculture. In agriculture water is mainly used to water crops, but in the industries it serves many different purposes. It can serve as an ingredient of a product we produce, but it can also be a part of the whole production process. Water can be used to cool substances in the production process, for transportation and conditioning of raw materials, for boiling or cooking, for flushing, as a cleaning agent and for product transport by shipping.

"How much water does a person use per day?"

Americans use an average of 168 litres a person each day. For Dutch people this is about 135 litres. This water is used for different purposes.

"How long can water be stored?"

If stored properly, water in 3-litre and 5-litre containers can be stored for approximately two years. Smaller containers of 1 litre up to 2.5 litres of water are made with a thinner grade of plastic and can be stored for approximately six months. They cannot be stored as long, because they are very susceptive to penetrating odours.

"How should water be stored?"

One should pay special attention to how water is stored. Water should be stored in a cool, dark and dry place and it should be stored away from cleaning supplies and other chemicals. Water can pick up odours from other substances that we cannot detect in the air, so one should always pay attention to the properties of other substances that are stored with the water.

"Why does tap water often smell like chlorine?"

Drinking water has to be protected from microrganisms and contaminants that can enter the water through the pipelines that transport it to households. This happens by means of disinfection with various disinfection agents, chlorine being the most widely used one. Chlorine is a very effective disinfectant, which is used to kill any harmful bacteria that might be present in the water source. The amount of chlorine that is used is based on the amount of water that is treated, the amount of contaminants that must be controlled and the time it takes for the water to reach the first house. Chlorine levels are usually low, but in some rural areas there are more dangers to drinking water and the levels of chlorine that are used are a bit higher. People can than smell it when they tap water.
When one's tap water smells like chlorine it does not mean a danger to the people that drink it. Chlorine levels used in drinking water are not high enough to form a serious threat to anyone's health. If the water has a chlorine smell, it may actually indicate that not enough chlorine is being added to the system. By increasing the amount of chlorine used at the treatment plant, different forms of chlorine are created in the water, which diminish chlorine odours.

This pamphlet is for the people who failed my survey.

& This pamphlet is for the people who passed my survey.


All pictures were provided by google!